St Davids RNLI volunteers rescue 16 paddle boarders

Lifeboats News Release

Sixteen stand up paddle boarders in danger of being blown out into the Irish Sea were rescued by St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat off Ramsey island on Saturday 9 July.

St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat

RNLI/Nigel Millard

St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat

Tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard at 3:15pm following a report from local vessel Gower Ranger, the visiting group had paddled out from Porthclais harbour earlier in the day but got into difficulty off the south west corner of Ramsey island. Also on scene was a local RHIB owned by an off duty volunteer lifeboat crew member who successfully assisted them into a sheltered part of Ramsey island, standing by until St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley arrived.

This was coxswain Will Chant’s first shout at the helm since taking on the permanent role two days before on the 7 July. Once on scene, the crew took all 16 casualties and equipment onboard before returning them to Porthclais harbour where the volunteer crew were assisted by St Davids Coastguard rescue team.

Will Chant, RNLI coxswain for St David’s RNLI lifeboat, says: 'Fortunately all sixteen casualties were unharmed and in good spirits, and I thank the crew of the Gower Ranger and our off duty crew member Martin Charlton for his assistance. Although the conditions were calm within the shelter of the bay, the strong offshore wind was taking the SUP boards out to sea. Another half an hour and the group would likely have been in serious difficulty. We would urge all SUP boarders to check local weather conditions and tides before setting off to sea, wear a suitable personal flotation device and ensure you have a means of calling for help.'

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